What should have been a routine outing of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s recently-minted ACCORDS Enforcement Division turned deadly, yesterday, when an altercation occurred between a five-man detainment squadron and an as-yet-unnamed enhanced fugitive at approximately nine PM in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.
“A team of five Agents was deployed to Brooklyn last evening to disrupt a confirmed ACCORDS violation already underway,” Agent Clint Barton, Commander of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s primary ACCORDS Enforcement Squadron, told the Bugle over the phone this morning.
“Unfortunately, our Agents were met with resistance from an enhanced individual of unforeseen abilities, and what should have been a peaceful apprehension of an active-yet-unregistered vigilante individual resulted in two casualties.”
While S.H.I.E.L.D. has not yet released the names of the Agents who met their deaths at the scene, FDNY confirmed that an explosion had occurred at the location of the attempted arrest late last evening. The explosion has been noted to appear to be organic in origin and consumed nearly a full city block of condemned buildings near Prospect Park, and New York City Fire Commissioner Bradley O’Donnell stated in a press release that “no accelerant was found” at the scene. Thankfully, there were no additional civilian casualties.
The enhanced individual responsible for the explosion and the resultant blaze has not yet been publicly identified, but Agent Barton insisted that S.H.I.E.L.D. was taking every necessary step to get such a dangerous (and possibly unstable) suspect off the streets.
As faithful Bugle readers will remember, following the crash of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier Iliad nearly one month ago, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s efforts to crack down on unregistered individuals still determined to dole out vigilante justice have increased, met with both public support and vehement backlash from several prominent members of the superhuman community. The Hart Island Incarceration Facility has continued to admit enhanced inmates, and is currently, according to publicly-available records, operating at approximately one third of its maximum containment capacity.
However, despite S.H.I.E.L.D’s. best efforts, it would seem that incidents like the one that occurred in Windsor Terrace will continue to occur until something more drastic is done.
“As long as enhanced individuals continue to flout the authority of the United Nations by acting in violation of the ACCORDS, tragedies like these will continue,” Secretary Alexander Pierce told the Bugle.
“The public should rest assured that the World Security Council, in concert with S.H.I.E.L.D. and local law enforcement, are working tirelessly to develop new methods of peaceful detection and enforcement that will protect both the general public and the dedicated individuals who lay down their lives in public defense.”